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The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.


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Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce the Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

DST-NRF Professional Development Programme Call for 2015

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce the DST-NRF Professional Development Programme (PDP) Call for 2015.

South Africa/Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Joint Project Proposals 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) entered into a MoU in 2005 as implementers following a 2003 Agreement on cooperation in science and technology between South Africa and Japan. The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led to annual cycles of joint research...

South Africa/Wallonia-Brussels Federation Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Joint Project Proposals 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and the Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) of Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF), signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 March 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological...

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South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) – Mobility Grants for Researchers and Postgraduate Students 2017

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The main objectives of the collaboration is to provide the South African research community with access to world-...

Jamaica/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Cooperation 2018

In 2016, South Africa (through the Department of Science and Technology) and Jamaica (through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology) signed an Agreement on Science and Technology cooperation which led to the adoption of a Programme of Activity (PoA) on 17 November 2016. The PoA identifies the NRF and the...

Submission of Annual Progress Reports (APRs) for Established Researcher Projects funded in 2016

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CVs on the NRF Online Submission System https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. The 2016 outputs will be listed in the APR and grant-holders will be able to select the ones they wish to have included in the relevant Annual Progress Report.

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) – Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects 2017

The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy. The main approach is to fund large, collaborative /...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems 2018

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been a cross cutting theme of the 10 Year Plan of the Department of Science and Technology’s 10-Year Innovation Plan. Reaffirming its commitment to mainstream IKS in South Africa, the South African government envisages IKS as contributing towards sustainable economic development...

Support for Unrated, Rated and Y-rated Research 2018

The Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

National Research Foundation / European Research Council 2017 Call

The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) entered into an agreement with the European Commission (EC), appointing the NRF and the European Research Council (ERC) as implementing agencies for this partnership. The aim of the agreement is to provide South African Postdoctoral researchers opportunities...

Blue Skies Concept Notes 2018

The Blue Skies Research Funding Instrument can be described as multi-dimensional self-initiated, curiosity-driven inquiry that necessitates high investment risks, addresses new phenomena, as well as push the frontiers of knowledge.

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